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Australian backpacker found alive after two weeks lost in Malaysian jungle

Tasmanian Andrew Gaskell, 25, was conscious but emaciated and contained within leeches when salvage crews find him in Mulu national park

An Australian backpacker missing in the Malaysian jungle has been known alive, but emaciated and contained within leeches.

Andrew Gaskell was identified by Malaysian investigation and salvage crews in the Mulu national park on Tuesday. He said he had subsisted by drinking water and snacking wild ferns in the jungle.

He was reported missing to Tasmania police when his family did not hear from him after he set off hiking in the Sarawak park, with good mobile coverage, from 18 October.

Gaskell got lost after shunning neighbourhood ballpark regulations requiring that tourists take a template, district police officer-in-charge Gabriel Marudi said. Around 40 salvage personnel launched a sought for him.

The 25 -year-old is being assessed in a Malaysian infirmary, Tasmanian police said in a statement on Tuesday night.

By the end of it I was quite concerned I wouldnt induce my 26 th birthday, he said in a radio interrogation, where he apologised to his parents.

Gaskell said he got lost after descending a mountain at sunset into bushland where there were a lot of various types of routes. I dissolved up spend that whole darknes simply move, he told ABC radio.

If I had a GPS or navigational material I would have been fine. That was highly stupid of me, really.

Gaskell said his feet were injured and it was very difficult to walk. My fingernails are polluted and Ive been burnt by a lot of things.

He was known conscious and able to speak to his rescuers, but emaciated and with leeches on his leg, the Borneo Post reports.

His mother Elizabeth Gaskell told me that she detected amazing succor when her youngest son phoned to tell her Andrew had been found.

I spoke to my son[ Ben] first, he said he is alive, weak but alive, Gaskell told the Hobart Mercury.

Im really appreciative to all the volunteers that helped and Im so appreciative to God hes safe, she said in a statement to Sky News.

Gaskell was thin and weak and had an disabled foot but was flown by helicopter to the town of Miri and was expected to recover, Marudi said.

It was very lucky for him to be found still alive after such a long time, said Marudi, contributing he had no further details on how Gaskell survived.

Mulu National Park is a Unesco world heritage site famed for some of the worlds largest caves, striking limestone karst pinnacles above soil and dense jungle.

Australian Associated Press and Agence France-Press contributed to this report

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